Toothbrushing explained.

Did you know you might be washing your teeth the wrong way? Toothbrushing explained

It may seem simple to wash your teeth, but it’s not. 8 common toothbrushing mistakes and how to fix them!

We’ve been taught how to brush our teeth by our parents long before we can remember. We do it almost instinctively, without paying too much attention to what we are doing. There are some lifelong habits that we should get rid of.

The mistakes

Picking the wrong brush

Here’s a thing: there are countless types of brushes at the store and for mortal human beings –like myself– they are all the same. The benefits they advertise don’t seem to be clear for me either. But after doing some research, I learned that experts say that it is paramount for the brush to have soft bristles. They need to be able to bend to get under the gum without causing any damage. The size of the brush’s head should be in accordance with your mouth and there also several types of handles to reach all areas. But the most important is for the bristles to be able to remove the bacteria and loosen plaque from your teeth and gums and this does not mean that the harder the bristles, the more you’ll clean –au contraire, soft bristles don’t damage your gums or the structure of your tooth and clean more effectively.

Experts say that it is paramount for the brush to have soft bristles.

Scrubbing and rushing

People tend to think that to clean thoroughly, they have to scrub their teeth as if they were cleaning an old baking pan. Well, don’t, please. Plaque is soft and loose, massage your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes –don’t rush. I usually make the effort to brush my teeth for a whole song, this serves as a timer and, on top of that, I get to listen to one of my favorite songs when I wake up or go to bed.

Use the same toothbrush for ages

If the bristles of your toothbrush become bent or discolored, please do change your brush. It is recommended to change it at least every 3 or 4 months.

If the bristles of your toothbrush become bent or discolored, please do change your brush.

You go back and forth

You should start from the gum massaging in circular up-and-down motions. If you scrub from left to right, there’s a good chance you hurt your gums.

Not paying attention to the gums

It is very common for bacteria to accumulate between your teeth and gum. Make sure you angle the brush at 45° against the gumline and then go for the rest of the tooth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too!

Washing your teeth right after eating

You should wait for 15 or 20 minutes after eating to brush your teeth –why? Because that is long enough for your saliva to work on the acid before you go and help erode your teeth by brushing.

You should wait for 15 or 20 minutes after eating to brush your teeth.

Not brushing thoroughly and flossing at least once a day

In order to keep your bacteria under control, you have to wash your teeth at least once every day exceptionally –brushing, flossing, mouthwash and rinsing.

In order to keep your bacteria under control, you have to wash your teeth at least once every day exceptionally.

Always remember to consult a professional if you are experiencing any issues with your teeth and make sure to follow our recommendations!

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Victoria Thais

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